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Identification Help - Raptors

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Karin Mitton
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Tue Aug 01, 2017 8:13 am

Thanks, will read up on it to see how you got there. The Little Sparrowhawk would have been a lifer, but the Shikra is my first sighting since 2014, so also a very nice sighting.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by wildtuinman » Tue Aug 01, 2017 8:33 am

A Little Sparrowhawk appears more compact, probably due to its shorter tail.

This bird just seemed a bit more slender and generally longer build.

On closer inspection the markings on the breast and belly corresponds very nicely with what I have seen on Shikras before.
Here is an example of what I am referring to in my last point:

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